Ryder Hesjedal pink jersey fetches $10K in auction

One of Ryder Hesjedal's pink jerseys from his Giro d'Italia victory has sold for $10,300 US on eBay. The first Canadian man to win one of cycling's three Grand Tours put his Stage 7 autographed jersey up for auction.
Canada's Ryder Hesjedal celebrates on the podium after taking back the pink jersey of leader of the race during the 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia in May. (Fabio Ferrari/Associated Press)

One of Ryder Hesjedal's pink jerseys from his Giro d'Italia victory has sold for $10,300 US on eBay.

The first Canadian man to win one of cycling's three Grand Tours put his Stage 7 autographed jersey up for auction.

Hesjedal has said the money will go to Canadian Athletes Now Fund, or CanFund, and also to his own cycling foundation.

A pink jersey, or maglia rosa, is worn by the Giro d'Italia's overall leader.

Hesjedal first earned it on the seventh stage of the gruelling 21-stage race and held it for two more before reclaiming it on Stage 14.

The jersey, advertised as "only slightly worn, may have champagne residue" drew 63 bids prior to close Wednesday.